It is with great anticipation and excitement that I welcome you back for another incredible school year at ESD 159! Students are the ones who define our district. Nearly 2000 of them call our district home and on August 21, we will welcome each and every one of them back as the 2017-18 school year gets underway.
I deeply believe in a quality and comprehensive education for all students. Most importantly, I take very seriously that you have entrusted the young people of this community to our care and expect our fine staff to do their best, day in and day out.
My mission and passion as your Superintendent are synonymous and guide why I do what I do which is to maintain and cultivate a culture of rigorous teaching and learning that prepares every student in our district for 21st Century success. We want to provide our students with a sense of belonging while helping them to grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. It is critical to every student’s success that we equip them with the habits of mind and skills necessary to pursue and achieve their goals and dreams.
Our area of focus this year will be on instruction, intervention, technology and communication. These “pillars” will guide our work each and every day.
In closing, I would like to emphasize that communication and parent/community involvement are the keys to our students’ academic success. I encourage each and every parent, guardian and community member to partner with our staff and schools to ensure a successful and safe school year. I am confident that we will blaze a trail steeped in progress, perseverance and persistence as we launch the best school year ever!
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Best wishes for a great 2017-2018 school year!
Dr. Mable Alfred Superintendent of School